Monthly Archive: June 2011

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Reading Gingrich in D.C.

Andrew Ferguson reads New Gingrich’s 21 books so you don’t have to. Gingrich’s overblown reputation as an intellectual is well-trodden ground, but what I found interesting is what the books reveal about his weird...

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Well Intentioned Hysteria

If I told you that hundreds of abducted, runaway or thrown-away children in the United States fall into prostitution annually, you’d probably respond with empathy for that issue. How awful that kids — just-pubescent or...

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Rawlsekianism Reloaded: Normative justification

~ by Murali Recent comments by jfxgillis and Jason regarding libertarianism and Nozick have prompted a number of replies by myself and I have been promising for some time a guest post on how...

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Video Games are Protected Speech

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled today that violent video games cannot be prevented from being sold/rented to minors. The two were Breyer and Thomas (together again) arguing that we already...

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Because you said so

When I meet new people and tell them I’m a pediatrician, there are a handful of common responses I get. There’s usually a remark about how much I must love kids. (Most of the...

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Same-Sex Marriage in New York

It seems appropriate to have a thread. To kick things off on an appropriately contentious note, I’ll repeat that I’m more of a pessimist than most on the pro-SSM side. Law is a powerful...

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Competition and Inequality

In my last post, Labour and the American Middle Class, I expressed my scepticism of the ability of unions to improve the incomes of the disadvantaged.  However, this still leaves the question of how...

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One More Note on Israel

Andrew Sullivan, responding to Jeffrey Goldberg, writes: If no American Jew can conceive of a situation in which they would walk away from Israel, then there is no leverage at all to persuade Israel...

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Song for Stephen Metcalf

For those interested, Metcalf responds to his critics (including our own Mark Thompson) here.

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Immigration, Inequality and Pie

Tim Lee has an excellent response up to this post by NRO’s Daniel Foster, who writes: Punishing a minor by removing him from the culture he’s adopted as his own, for the crimes of...

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Classical Liberalism in America

So, for many readers of my work there’s a sense that I am wishy-washy on a number of issues (though hopefully they also notice where I am consistent: against the war on drugs, for...

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Why I Hunt

~ by Mike at the Big Stick Back in February at my own blog I wrote a review of The Wild Within, a new Travel channel show featuring Steve Rinella. The series is based...

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Best Summary Judgment Motion Ever

Mark Cuban’s lawyer may be my new hero. This summary judgment motion in a presumably complex, though no doubt frivolous, shareholder suit from Ross Perot, Jr. cannot possibly be topped for its combination of...

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Game of Thrones Bookclub (Week Four)

I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to write about one particular part of this book: the fight between Bronn and Ser Vardis Egen. If you haven’t already noticed, A Song of Ice and Fire...

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Strategy and politics in Afghanistan

I bridle at the contention – apparently endorsed by all but one of the Republican presidential candidates – that a bunch of unelected generals should be dictating foreign policy. If President Obama believes that...

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Notes on the Wicked Son

The reasons why people initially cared about Allison Benedikt’s essay on … something to do with changing her mind about Israel remain mysterious to me.  Its sentiments were anything but new to this world;...

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LeBron James and the creative class

Does the LeBron-Cleveland saga reflect the anxieties of modern American life?* Bear with me for a moment: A monumentally talented product from the old industrial heartland flees his hometown and a band of hardworking**...

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Is greed the real villain in the war on drugs?

I have a piece up at Forbes patiently explaining the difference between black markets and free markets and why the drug war cannot be laid at the feet of greedy capitalists. It’s a response...

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The policy illusion

Adam Schaeffer responds to my school choice / single-payer post: Kain is right that many school choice advocates want a single-payer, government voucher system. But he’s absolutely wrong to imply the libertarian preference is...